Recognizing that many residents and businesses are experiencing significant financial challenges, the City Council plans to offer a one-month extension on the next property tax payment. This payment — which covers the County portion of our tax bill — is payable starting on June 1st, with interest and penalties ordinarily kicking in after June 30th. The new schedule pushes the interest and penalty deadline back to July 31st, providing a little extra time for those who need it.
For detailed information about when and how our community can begin to reopen, please visit forward.ny.gov to find specific data about the State’s requirements and phases. New Rochelle is part of the mid-Hudson region, which so far has met 5 of the 7 opening benchmarks, and is making progress on the last 2, so there is reason to be hopeful that the opening process will commence soon. Keep in mind, however, that restrictions will be relaxed on a phased, gradual basis, not all at once. The City will provide updates every step of the way.
We all have a stake in sustaining our local business community through this unprecedented challenge. A new initiative called New Rochelle United makes it easier than ever to buy gift cards, make donations, or promote businesses on social media. Big thanks to New Rochellean Brad Brown for conceiving and launching this great effort. Please check it out. And remember that you can also improve food security and assist local restaurants by donating to the City’s NourishALL program.
Contact tracing — the process through which the path of potential coronavirus infection is investigated — is absolutely essential to beating COVID-19. In fact, under New York State guidelines, our region can’t reopen until we have mobilized a sufficient number of contact tracers; about 300 are needed just for Westchester alone. If you or anyone you know are interested in becoming a contact tracer, please consider applying for the job through this State portal.
The City Manager and I were proud to honor #InternationalNursesDay by displaying our gratitude. Nurses have always deserved our thanks, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made their brave and invaluable service even more clear.
The first COVID-19 patient in New Rochelle, Lawrence Garbuz, joined his family for an interview with the Today Show yesterday. An uplifting account of strength, recovery, and refreshed appreciation for life.
I dare you not to smile when you watch this story on NBC about Rosemarie Castellano, a talented young violinist, who brings joy to her neighbors in New Rochelle every Friday evening with a performance in honor of our first responders, health care providers, and essential workers. Rosemarie is one of several wonderful people highlighted on our New Ro Cheers page. You can show your own New Ro spirit by ordering a lawn sign — no musical ability required for that.
To show New Rochelle’s strength and determination throughout this public health crisis, the City is offering New Ro Strong lawn signs that can be proudly displayed on any property. To request your own sign, please visit newrochelleny.com/lawnsignform, give us your address, and a volunteer will deliver a sign to your door. It’s that simple. The signs are free, but you also have the option of making a voluntary contribution to the City’s NourishALL food security program.
We’re all in this together, so let’s each demonstrate New Rochelle’s united and resilient spirit!
P.S. Remember to clap or make some noise tonight at 7:00pm in honor of essential workers, first responders, and health care providers.
The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the toughest challenges our community has ever faced, but it’s also brought out our best — generosity, compassion, determination, and resolve. To shine a spotlight on some of the amazing work of local residents, businesses, and institutions, the City has created this new webpage, and will be adding to it in the days and weeks ahead. If you need some inspiration, please take a look, and see why we are #NewRoStrong.